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Mathews and Joor family papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS219f

Scope and Content

This collection consists of personal letters from Ann (Mathews) Joor, the daughter of John Mathews, about the death of "Edward" and from William Joor about a troublesome slave. There are receipts from William Joor and Jonathan Cooper about the transfer of the slave from Savannah, Georgia, to Charleston, South Carolina. Also included are business letters between John Mathews and his cousin, Optimus Hughes, about the sale of James Island.


  • 1816-1848, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

John Raven Mathews (1788-1867) was born in South Carolina to George Mathews (1753-1815) and Mary Saltus Mathews (1761-1845). In 1806, Mathews married Elizabeth Whaley (1788-1860) in Charleston, South Carolina. They had eight children, including Harriet Emma (1820-1890), Ann (b. 1822), George (b. 1826), and William (b. 1829). Mathews was a plantation owner in South Carolina. He also owned James Island and John's Island, South Carolina, as well as property in Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. Mathews' name was spelled Mathewes in Library of Congress Manuscript Division for Calhoun, J.C. Papers, 1819-1850 (John R. Mathewes; variant: Mathews; correspondent). Additional biographical information about John Raven Mathews has not been determined.


1 folder(s)



Existence and Location of Copies

A transcription of the letters is included in the collection.


America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.
Mathews and Joor family papers
Paul Crater
July 2012
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305